125 Answered Questions for the topic Russian
Темным-темно - which case is used here?
Which case is used in the first word, and why? What is the grammatical logic behind the use of this particular case? > 1. Темным-темно> 2. давным-давно
Imperfective and Perfective Aspects for Non-Personal Moods?
The relevance of aspect for the correct usage of verbs seems to be explained only for the personal moods of verbs (e.g. indicative), but what is the meaning of aspect for the impersonal moods, such... more
Гречка or Гречиха?
Reading a few Wikipedia articles I come across different ways to spell buckwheat. One is Гречка (which is what I use when talking about buckwheat) and Гречиха (which I have never heard of before).... more
Origin of particle "ли"?
Does anyone have a theory, or knowledge about the origin of the particle ли?Why does it act as a question particle? Where did it come from, etc?
Об меня or "о меня"?
There is a rule if next word begins with a vowel you should use 'oб', if not, you should use 'о'. So, in the example from the title, it should be 'о меня', but I heard a lot of times people are... more
I heard/saw you [verb]ing?
How do you construct a sentence like `I heard you talking` or maybe `I saw you walking`?
Согласно Вашего запроса or "Согласно Вашему запросу"?
Согласно Вашего запроса or "Согласно Вашему запросу"? And if both are correct, what's the difference, if any?
Твои собаки едят or "у тебя собаки едят"?
1 - Твои собаки едят яблоки?2 - У тебя собаки едят яблоки?Hi, my Russian learning app showed me the second one for "Do your dogs eat apples?".But, I am also learning from another source.From that... more
How acceptable is to omit pronouns in certain verb usages?
That's it, for example, is it acceptable to say Люблю тебя, or do you have to use я Люблю тебя. Or читал книгу instead of Я читал книгу?
Why "нравишься мне", not "нравию тебя"?
Why is it that"I like you" is `Ты нравишься мне` and not `Я нравию тебя`but"I love you" is `Я люблю тебя` I'm learning from `The New Penguin Russian Course` and I've been practicing with Russians... more
Theory behind structures like--/впустую/ вплотную/ зачастую/ вправду?
What is the logic behind these adverbs? I'm trying to get a more literal understating of why they are in the accusative feminine and why the preposition "в" or "за" is used.
Are there some typical mistakes made by native Georgian speakers when speaking Russian?
I've been living in Georgia for half a year and most of my friends are fluent in Russian. I've been focused on learning Georgian rather than Russian so far. But when I want to learn some Russian... more
Position of "Не" before negated word?
I'm having a really hard time understating the difference in sentences like—Я был не уверен VS. Я не был уверенЯ не жил в Канаде VS. Я жил не в Канаде. What is the difference in sentences such as... more
Why do we need У in "Ножка у сту́ла сломалась"?
In the sentence "Ножка у сту́ла сломалась" (the chair leg broke), why do we need the у? The genitive case on "стул" already lets you know that it's the *chair's* leg that's broken. More generally,... more
Why на почте rather than в почте?
My understanding is that на is used to describe an open space or a space with indistinct boundaries. Clearly that does not describe почта. Is there reason why на is used here or is it an isolated... more
она мног(иx/о) кого не одобряет?
Which one is correct?> Церковь многиx кого не одобряетor> Церковь много кого не одобряет
What is the logic behind "за" as a prefix indicating "to start"?
Why is **за** used as a prefix meaning to start the action of the verb? Russian grammar is more or less very logical if you look at the history of words, but I just don't understand why **за**... more
When learning Russian grammar, the only auxiliary verb that is explained is `быть`, which is used for forming the imperfective future tense. However, occasionally I have seen sentences where идти... more
Five + adjective + noun — what case is adj in?
I have a construction > ... пят(-ь/-и/-ю) [adjective] [noun] I want to know which case the adjective should be in when the noun/number are in nominative, accusative, or oblique cases. I know... more
In Russian, can "мы" be used to refer to "you" in conversation?
>А чего это **мы** такие ворчливые?I just received an IM from my girlfriend, in which she used the pronoun "мы" (jokingly, I suppose) although it was I alone who was grumbling about something in... more
Understanding order in "Дайте мне , пожалуйста , хлеб ."?
I am using duolingo as a resource for learning Russian. One of the exercises was to translate the following into English:> Дайте мне, пожалуйста, хлеб.I translated it roughly as **Give me please... more
What's the logic behind "походить"?
Why does походить mean to be similar in appearance to"? When would you use the verb and when would you use the adjective "похожий"? I don'y quite get the logic being why a motion verb means to be... more
Я был в стадионе - is it correct?
I think I missed this point in my first year of study. Is it correct to say: "я был в стадионе на футболе"I learned that на goes with words like стадионе, but today one of my roommates mentioned... more
Why use the perfective "поесть" here? – from a Russian proficiency test?
> В холодильнике ничего не осталось (**поесть**)?I've recently took a national Russian proficiency test held in my country, and this comes from one of the grammar-related questions in the most... more